Let’s be honest, chicken breasts can get a little, well, boring, but it doesn’t have to be that way! We eat plenty of chicken breast around here. It’s a fabulous, healthy, and economic lean protein, so I am always testing new and different ways to spice things up.
This dish has become a fan favorite (and by fans I mean myself, my husband, plus a 9, 7, and 3 year old so far 😉 ). It’s Healthy, Quick, Budget Friendly, Easy, and Cheesy. Served up with our favorite roasted or steamed veggie on the side and this one checks all the boxes for our house, and I hope it will for yours too! See notes on serving suggestions and how to make this meal dairy free as well!
Quick and Healthyish One Pan Parmesan Chicken
- 4 thin sliced chicken breasts (or slice your own)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 cups marinara sauce (I love Rao’s or Classico)
- 1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs (I use Kikkoman gluten free panko)
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Gluten free pasta and/or veggie to serve alongside
*If serving this meal with gluten free pasta and/or veggie, make it first and set aside. The rest of the recipe happens quickly.
- Combine 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs, and pinch of salt with a fork. Set aside.
- Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
- Preheat a large cast iron or oven-safe skillet with high sides over medium high heat.
- Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in the pan and move it around to coat the bottom. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side.
- Turn down the heat to low-medium and add 2 cups marinara sauce. Place the lid on and simmer 2 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven’s broiler on high.
- Take off the lid, sprinkle with 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese first and then sprinkle over the breadcrumb mixture on top of the cheese.
- Place the whole pan under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is melted and breadcrumbs are browned, watching carefully.
To make this dairy free: Simply substitute your favorite dairy free version of parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and butter.
If your store does not carry thin sliced chicken breasts: Make your own thin sliced chicken breasts by placing the breast down on a cutting board, hold your hand flat across the top to steady it, and carefully make a horizonal cut through the middle of the breast.
Serving suggestions: We love having this with simple steamed broccoli (the microwave steamer bags make this so convenient), but you could serve this with any roasted or steamed veggie or your favorite gluten free pasta as well.